Category Archives: Complementary medicine

TGA provides complementary medicine industry with “Get Out of Jail Free card”

The TGA have recently given approval (under section 42DF of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989) for a restricted advertising representation by The Tomato Pill Company for Ateronon XY Pro: “Saw Palmetto is traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve the … Continue reading

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U3A Melbourne City Short Course – Complementary Medicine: Exploring the Issues

Healthy growth, healthy people? The value of sales of Australian complementary medicines (CM) has doubled from $2.3 billion to $4.7 billion in just over three years. This corresponds to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 26.9% compared to the 1.7% … Continue reading

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TGA Consultation Submissions: Regulatory reform of complementary medicines and advertising

The regulatory framework for advertising therapeutic goods Reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines – assessment pathways Options for the future regulation of “low-risk” products Draft List of Permitted Indications Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code See also: Australian patients vulnerable … Continue reading

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Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

See the paper: “Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017” See also submissions to TGA Consultations on “regulatory reform”     by

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Chemist Warehouse-Swisse-Voost AFL grand final promotion kicked

A formal complaint has been lodged with government health authorities around last weekend’s Chemist Warehouse- Swisse-Voost AFL grand final promotion (PD 28 Sep). The promotion, described by the company as the largest it had ever undertaken, was described by Dr … Continue reading

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Australian Male Hormone Clinic (AMHC) convicted and fined $127,500 plus costs

http://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/2017-10-04-media-release-advertising.aspx However, the company concerned was placed into voluntary liquidation on 12 September 2017 and presumably will escape the fines and costs.  Many consumers taken in by these scams are left out of pocket. The regulators concerned move far too slowly to … Continue reading

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Letter to The Age 02/10/2017: Heed evidence

Consumer Affairs Victoria ordered Penguin to provide a “prominent warning” on all future books they publish about natural therapies (“Shining a spotlight on the self-help industry”, The Age, 30/9), explaining that the claims made are not evidence-based. A similar disclaimer … Continue reading

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Seminar Program, Papers and Presentations: The Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services (and its regulation)

Seminar program Papers Ken Harvey. Seminar Background Paper Sitesh Bhojani and Jodie Valadon. The multi-regulator model for Australian Consumer Law: effective or useless? Paul Lacaze & Jane Tiller. Online Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing in Australia: Concerns, Regulation and Recommendations Presentations delivered … Continue reading

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Monash University SPHPM “Whack-a-mole” project 2017

Overview: The aim is to provide students with practical experience of the role of regulators in protecting the public from false and misleading therapeutic claims by product sponsors and health practitioners. Why “Whack-a-mole”: Because, given deficiencies in the current regulatory system, … Continue reading

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Order of Australia Honour

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Associate Professor Kenneth John HARVEY, Melbourne VIC 3004 For significant service to community health and the pharmaceutical industry through roles in developing guidelines for the ethical use of antibiotics. See … Continue reading

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